Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Dew of Heaven

A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.  Proverbs 19:12
Imagine with me an early morning walk with the sun rising.  The day smells fresh and crisp.  There is moisture in the air and on the grass.  Have you ever wondered about the moisture on the grass; the dew? 
 Scripture reveals that dew is used as a sign of God’s divine grace and favor.  Grace is a key attribute of our God.  The Nelson Bible Dictionary defines grace as favor or kindness shown without regard to the worth or merit of the one who receives it and in spite of what that person deserves.  Pricilla Shirer states in her Bible Study, Gideon, “Dew is frequently a symbol of endowment of God’s kindness and approval expressed to His people.  Like dew, grace is a surprising gift that cannot be handmade or manufactured.  God extends it to humanity as a miracle from on high.” 
We see throughout Scripture that grace is most always associated with God’s mercy, love compassion, and patience.  In Numbers 11:9, God demonstrated His grace, mercy, love, and compassion to the Israelites by providing them with manna.  When the dew settled on the camp at night, the manna also came down.  Our God in Heaven will graciously meet our needs just as He did the Israelites.  Do you truly trust God to meet your needs? He will meet your needs and do immeasurable more than you can imagine.  Ephesians 3:20 – Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. 
Scripture reveals in Genesis 27:8 that dew is a symbol of blessing.  May God give you heaven’s dew and earth’s richness – an abundance of grain and new wine.  Isaac, in blessing Jacob, asked that the “dew of heaven” may be granted to him.  God willingly blesses us with the dew of heaven – His grace.  How often do you take the time to offer God a prayer of thanksgiving for the dew of heaven – His grace, He blesses you with?  Take the time.  We are so unworthy of the grace poured out upon us by our Savior and LORD, but still He willingly gives it to us.  In Deuteronomy 33:15, we see Moses offering a blessing on the Israelites.  About Joseph he said:  May the LORD bless his land with the precious dew from heaven about and with the deep waters that lie below. 
 In God’s Word, we see dew as being a symbol of refreshment.  Dew is the means of refreshing and reinvigorating all vegetation.  God’s grace does the same for us.  It is able to refresh us and reinvigorate us.  We need to be covered in God’s grace to carry out the purpose and plans He has for us.  He enables us to do what we consider impossible.  God’s grace is sufficient to meet all our needs and enable us to do what He is calling us to do.   2 Corinthians 12:9 – My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 
In Judges 6, we see Gideon asking God for a sign that he would be the one to deliver the Israelites from under the oppression of the Midianites.  God had already revealed to Gideon that He would be the one to save Israel out of the hands of the Midianites in Judges 6:14.   Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised – look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor.  If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.  And that is what happened – Judges 6:38.  Gideon didn’t want God to be angry with him but he had one more request.  Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.”  That night God did so.  Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew – Judges 6:39-40.  God reveals to us in these verses that the dew of heaven makes its target different than its surrounding.   God’s grace bestowed on us should make us different than our surroundings, our culture.  Are you different than your surroundings, your culture, or do you blend in? 
Is the dew of God’s grace seen in your life?  God’s grace will make us different.  God’s grace will refresh in us and ignite a passion in us to know him more intimately and to serve Him.  I encourage you to allow the dew of heaven – God’s grace, to reinvigorate you and inspire you to stand against the deceiving spirits you will encounter in this sinful world.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the dew of heaven – Your grace.  I pray LORD that the dew of heaven will ignite a passion in me to faithfully serve you in this sinful world.  Father, we are marked by your grace.  I pray that we will live so others will see God’s grace clearly upon our lives.  In Jesus Precious Name I Pray…..Amen.

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